DID YOU READ

Soundtracks: “Chronicle”

013112_Chronicle

Posted by on

Three high school pals play pranksters after they acquire mysterious powers in director Josh Trank’s “Chronicle,” but hijinks turn to tragedy when their darker impulses come to the fore. The film, out at the end of this week, used no composer to help create it’s mood switches, that job fell entirely to music supervisor, Andrea von Foerster.

“There’s no score in the film and all songs are used as source music,” von Foerster explained. “When Josh Trank and I discussed the music for ‘Chronicle’ we knew we wanted it to be cool, diverse and mostly indie.  Artists such as Deastro, MNDR and A B & The Sea were early favorites.”

Von Foerster, whose credits include music supervision on “(500) Days of Summer” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” was also responsible for the music in the prematurely canceled, “Stargate Universe,” a show of truly surprising quality and the best science fiction series since “Battlestar Galactica.”

“We set our sights high to license Jessie J’s ‘Price Tag’ for Matt’s hilarious car singing scene and David Bowie’s classic ‘Ziggy Stardust’ in a dark scene where Andrew lashes out,” Von Foerster said. You can see part of that car singing scene in the trailer below. Mini spoiler here: “We were extremely excited to add M83’s ‘This Bright Flash’ to close out our film in the end titles. We wanted the music in Chronicle to accurately reflect the varied musical tastes of high schoolers (and ourselves).”

 


 

“Music From the Motion Picture Chronicle” is out on Milan Records, the film opens this Friday, February 3rd via 20th Century Fox.  Here’s the full track list:

1. Blonde Acid Cult – “Calypso”
2. The Longcut – “Tell You So”
3. Bad Veins – “Gold and Warm”
4. A B & The Sea – “Bone Dry”
5. Deastro – “The Shaded Forests”
6. Simian Mobile Disco – “Sweetbread”
7. Capsule – “Flashback”
8. Congorock – “Sirius”
9. STRFKR – “Bury Us Alive
10. Class Actress – “Keep You”
11. Bikini – “American Mourning”
12. M83 – “This Bright Flash”

 


Are you seeing “Chronicle” this weekend? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Bill Murray in Ghostbusters II

Hopebusters, Too

Ghostbusters II Predicted the World Will End on Valentine’s Day 2016

Catch Ghostbusters II this month on IFC. Provided the world doesn't end, of course.

Posted by on
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures

Far be it from us to contradict Mr. Bill Murray, but a prediction made in a scene from one of his films is about to be put to the test. If you remember Ghostbusters II, then you know that at the beginning of the film, retired ‘buster Peter Venkman is the host of a chat show called World of the Psychic. According to a guest on the show, the world will end on February 14th, 2016 — this Valentine’s Day.

Now, before you start looting, keep in mind the source of this information is a tad unreliable. Elaine (played by Sid and Nancy star Chloe Webb) sits with Venkman and relates how she received this intel from an alien who may or may not have disguised a UFO to look like a Holiday Inn in Paramus. Let’s just hope she misheard, otherwise there will be some awkward date nights this year.

Check out the grim prognostication in the clip below. Hopefully the world will still be here when Ghostbusters II airs Monday, Feb. 15th and throughout the month on IFC.

Exclusive premiere: John K. Samson “Longitudinal Centre”

012512_John_K_Samson

Posted by on

John K. Samson, singer-songwriter of The Weakerthans, just released his first full length solo album, “Provincial,” which delves deep along roads into the Canadian landscape of Manitoba, where the singer lives.

“They’re the places I kept going back to,” Samson says quite literally of the prairie roads he traveled — Manitoba Highway 23, Provincial Road 222, and Portage Avenue which turns into the province’s mainline artery, Trans Canada Highway 1. On these travels he visited many obscure landmarks, including a tuberculosis sanatorium-turned-RV park. He talked to family, friends and strangers, and eventually he “started to feel like the project was leading [him] somewhere.”

“Longitudinal Centre” was directed by Aaron Himes on and around those roads that run through “Provincial.”

 

video player loading . . .

 

Have you found the road that leads to your “Longitudinal Centre?” Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Exclusive premiere: Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi “Season’s Trees”

011612_DangerMouse_Luppi_Jones

Posted by on

If you thought you heard an inkling of Ennio Morricone in Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” you weren’t the only one, this muse had clearly been in Brian Burton’s ear a long time. When Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse, and Italian composer Daniele Luppi got serious about their Spaghetti Western inspired “Rome” album, they went to Morricone’s studio in Rome to record it.  Their backing musicians were old players who actually played on classic Morricone soundtracks like  “Fistful of Dollars” and “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.” And of course, every track was laid down in analog with vintage instruments. The result in large part, is an album that sounds as if it might have been made in the late 1960’s, even on the six tracks sung by Jack White and the talented Norah Jones.

“I really love the way her voice sounds,” Burton said of asking Jones to sing three tracks on the record, “I knew this was a little bit different for her, but she was really up for it.” Jones sings vocals on three tracks, including “Season’s Trees,” for which we have an intimate live session, complete with the most adorable button pusher ever seen, shot by director Chris Milk.

“It was sort of an experiment in raw minimalism,” Milk explained. “There was really no crew, just myself and audio engineer Todd Monfalcone recording the live sound.”  It was the first time that Burton and Luppi sat down in earnest to perform songs from the album live with Jones.  “Norah had no hair, make up, or wardrobe people.  She still looks completely radiant.  There is an intimacy and life within the clips that is sometimes difficult to capture with a crew of 100, lip-syncing, wind machines, and everything else I’ve certainly indulged in. What you see and hear is basically all there was.  Three very talented musicians playing together in a room.”

video player loading . . .

Have you seen Danger Mouse’s “3 Dreams of Black” interactive video too? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Powered by ZergNet